Metaphysical Explanation II – unionism or separatism

February 13-14 2018, we organize a second conference on the project’s theme. This conference focuses on two things: (1) the choice between what is sometimes called unionism (i.e., the view that grounding is explanatory per se) and separatism (the view that grounding and explanation are distinct) and (2) the analogy (given separatism) between grounding/metaphysical explanation and causation causal explanation.

Apart from comments from members of our research group, the conferences features talk from invited speakers Ricki Bliss (Lehigh University), Einar Duenger Bohn (University of Agder), Daniel Giberman(University of Texas at Arlington), Lina Jansson (University of Nottingham), David Kovacs (Tel Aviv University), Elanor Taylor (Johns Hopkins University) and Kelly Trogdon (Virginia Tech). Stay tuned for more speakers as soon as we have their confirmation!

The conference is open to anyone interested. To attend free of charge please register by e-mailing Anna-Sofia Maurin at

The conference is funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, Vetenskapsrådet, and Wilhelm och Maria Lundgrens fond.

The conference takes place at the Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science, at the University of Gothenburg (Olof Wijksgatan 6, room T307).

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